Category Archives: Theology (uncategorized)

There are no pure bodies: The monotheistic spiritual naturalism of Anne Conway, part 1

The books I was waiting for, re: Anne Conway, have all arrived and I’ve been reading from them diligently.  By happenstance my discovery of Conway coincided with my receiving a “bonus” from my employer, and this enabled me to buy, … Continue reading

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How I discovered Anne Conway

I want to tell how I’ve just come to discover Lady Anne Conway (1631-79).  Not because anyone should care that much as to the “how” of it, but more to illustrate the fortuity that has characterized my unstructured self-education in … Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Larchet on Maximus the Confessor: Were the righteous of the Old Covenant able to be divinized?

[I mentioned Jean-Claude Larchet and his book La divinisation de l’homme selon saint Maxime le Confesseur (The Divinization of Man According to Saint Maximus the Confessor) in a prior post.  Historically, divinization (theosis) has been a more important idea in … Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Larchet on Maximus the Confessor: The entitative dimension of the virtues

I’ve mentioned the seventh-century monk Maximus the Confessor only twice here before.  But my lack of referrals to him should not be taken to mean that he is not important to me, or that I don’t frequently go back to … Continue reading

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Characteristics of the sovereign expressions of life

Although I said I wouldn’t reprise my comments in another forum, involving one of Bresson’s films, on second thought, part of what I wrote there in 2006 is probably worth restating and preserving here.  I have altered it only slightly, … Continue reading

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Morality is a substitute: Løgstrup and the Daodejing

In Løgstrup’s ethics morality is a substitute.  He writes, “In any given situation, before duty can begin to be relevant, the spontaneous expression of life – trust, mercy, sincerity, and so on – is called forth” (Beyond the Ethical Demand, … Continue reading

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Knud Ejler Løgstrup: The sovereign expressions of life

Knud Ejler Løgstrup (1905-1981) was a Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.  He is probably the most important Danish philosopher since Kierkegaard.  Løgstrup’s best known book, Den etiske fordring (The Ethical Demand), … Continue reading

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